I’ve spoken about Lennox and Lucifer before on here but something I didn’t realise until quite recently was how much those two prepared me for life with a toddler. Lucifer will be 5 in June which honestly feels crazy, Lennox turns 3 in August. So they were on the scene well before we ever thought or considered having a baby. As far as I was concerned when Lennox came along that was it, children were never on the agenda.
So lets start with how Lucifer prepared me for motherhood. He probably prepared me a little bit more than Lennox did because for the first few months of his life living with me he was completely dependent on me, he had a broken hip so literally couldn’t do anything for himself, I was there wiping up shit, making sure he was fed, had exercise sat up with him at 3am because he was lonely in that cage and wanted cuddles. He went missing for around 24 hours when he was about a year old. I say he was missing the twat got himself stuck in a flat building site and crawled under the floorboards. It’s his attitude I find REALLY prepared for life with a toddler though. The way he is with food makes Harper look like an absolute saint, I know it’s coming in time so I am prepared. His favourite food for as long as I can remember has been Felix but he gets into moods where he decides he doesn’t like that food today, or the treats or the biscuits next day he’s back to eating it like its the best meal he’s ever had. I’ve mentioned he’s a dickhead right? He isn’t ever unwell because he’ll happily chow down on whatever live animal he can bring into the house. This brings me nicely to my next point with him, when we lived in our first home he used to bring me leaves and sticks it was cute. Then we moved twice and the animals came, in their masses. This gave me a pretty strong stomach and the patience to deal with whatever stick, leaf or any other gross thing Harper picked up or gives me. Oh and if you’ve ever seen cats have a temper tantrum it’s hilarious. Lucifer will climb onto me and slam himself down on his side with a claw strategically slammed into my leg. We’ve got the best bond and I can’t imagine my life without him ever though.
Now on to Lennox. Dear sweet Jesus, this dog is unlike any I’ve ever owned before. She’s sassy, stroppy, hilarious and a big old pain in the bum. There’s a theme with my pets but my god I’d have them no other way. I often feel like middle child syndrome I’m not a middle child so I’m only assuming this is a thing, has hit her hard, she’s happy to sit and watch me interact with Harper or Lucifer for roughly 3.5 seconds before she gets jealous and pounces in between to become center of attention. If you’re new to my blog and haven’t read about her before I’ve known her since the second she was born, she was born in my mothers home and I knew in that second she was staying, I had just met Adam and he had said he had never had a family dog, so her staying and making Lucifer, Adam and I a family of 4 made sense until 4 months later when that positive pregnancy test arrived. A puppy and a baby?! Talk about fucking timing. So I’ve rambled slightly, let’s talk about how Lennox prepared me for motherhood. Like I said I’ve had her, her whole life but to be completely honest I was still living with my mum at this point so when the dogs were kicking off in the middle of the night I just let her deal with it. My mum is SO lucky to have me! When it came to training that was down to me, Adam was still living in Portland so was basically no help when it came to training, Lennox decided he was good cop and I was bad cop, This still applies now with Harper and Lennox, Lucifer doesn’t listen to Adam haha! So when he came up we tried to train but she essentially wanted to play because her dad was there. Saying the word no became repetitive. Lennox NO come inside and stop eating your own shit, Lennox NO stop eating my shoes, Lennox NO leave your mum alone, LENNOX NO! So that comes in really handy now when I’m telling Harper not to do something for the millionth time. She taught me patience. She’s still teaching me bloody patience. With having Leni from birth I got to watch her learn to walk and honestly those feels are so precious! Even more precious when they were Harper’s first steps but they taught me how bloody excited I’m going to be!
A lot of people told us we were crazy for having a dog, cat and baby all at the same time but for us it works. Lucifer and Lennox prepared me for motherhood in a way that I didn’t even realise myself and like motherhood I’m still learning with them like I’m learning with Harper. It’s interesting, sometimes it’s hard to make sure that none of them feel left out, whilst making sure Harper is the first priority. It’s also so much fun and the three of them have the best bond even if they do team up to do my fucking head in.
Harper, Lucifer & Lennox the magic three.